“Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This….
Good Thursday morning, folks. Now that I’ve got you humming that nostalgic tune, how about we discuss creating with vintage photos? Vintage photos are a hot trend right now, and you can easily use your own family vintage photos to create unique and meaningful gifts. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, this is a great way to fashion a one of a kind gift for Mom that’s guaranteed to make her laugh (or cry, as the case may be) and feel especially loved.
The Story Behind the card
I have a best friend who lives in Georgia. We’ve known each other since we were both young wives and mothers….more than 32 years now. Dianne is a girlfriend’s girlfriend! She and I have been together through thick and thin –literally and figuratively! About a year ago, we enjoyed a glorious girlfriend’s weekend together. There was wine, laughter, fabulous food, shopping, shopping, shopping and late nights filled with reminiscing and girl fun. Dianne is a fabulous decorator, and I enjoyed a tour of her beautiful home. She has this photo of her mom hanging in her laundry room:
Her mom lived in base housing in Massachusetts when Diane and her three siblings were small. There was no dryer in the home…everything had to be hung out on the line. Two of her kids wet the bed, so there was always a ton of laundry to be done. On this very windy day in March, her Mom was trying to hang out the freshly laundered sheets, and the frisky spring wind kept whipping them and breaking the clothesline, causing the sheets to fall on the ground…which meant they had to be laundered all over again. Can you believe this happened three times? After the third time, Dianne’s mom went to her friend’s house and said, “Come and take a picture of this. If I don’t laugh about it, I know I will cry.” So the picture was taken, and the rest is history.
The minute I saw this photo, a plan hatched in my brain. I asked Dianne to e-mail me a copy of the photo, which she did, and this year for Christmas, I carried out the plan. Here’s what I created with this vintage photo:
I cropped the photo, printed it on matte photo paper in sepia tones and matted it on brown cardstock, I stamped a graphic stamp around the perimeter of the kraft card base using copper metallic ink. The corners were rounded, and a cute little tag was affixed to the lower left corner of the photo:
I added twine to the top of the card and that, as they say, was that. I kept it simple, wanting this fabulous vintage photo to be the star of the show. I made 8 of these 5×7 cards for Dianne, packaged them in clear cellophane packaging and tied ribbons and twine around the top. The day she received the package, she called me in tears, “The best present ever…” was her verdict.
Creating with vintage photos for special occasions
We all have these photos around the house. The color photos are often not so great looking, but printed in sepia or black and white, they take on an elegant finish. You could use a vintage photo of your child on the first day of school and put it into a set of thank you notes for high school or college graduation. A vintage photo of a Bride to Be playing dress up would make great thank you notes or wedding shower invites. For the expectant mom, you could use her baby pictures….there is no end of clever ideas for creating with vintage photos. It’s inexpensive, meaningful and unique. It requires very little crafting ability and almost no crafting tools. The bottom line? You can do this!!! And you’ll look like a gift-giving rock star in the process!
That’s it for me today. I leave you to get going on your own, creating with vintage photos…and humming, “Mama Said There’d be Days Like This!” Hoping this is one of the good days Mama told you would come your way. Until next time,
Product used in this project: Paper: 5×7 kraft card bases and envelopes from Darice; brown cardstock from Bazzil; Dies: Tim Holtz Alterations Tiny tags and Tabs; Punches: 1 3/8 ” circle punch; Inks: Ranger Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and Tea Dye; Colorbox Cat’s Eye Pigment Brush Pad in Copper; Twine: DMC cotton floss color 644; Stamps: Japanese fan, Maya Road; Flourish: Technique Tuesday.